The US is trying to change the dynamics of the conflict in favor of Kiev by providing new “military capabilities”, but for now the Pentagon is not ready to give Ukraine Abrams tanks, US Deputy Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs Colin Kahl said on Wednesday. The United States is preparing another military aid package for Ukraine, which is expected to be one of the largest and will include Stryker armored combat vehicles as well as additional artillery and ammunition, Politico reported on Wednesday.
US Deputy Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs Colin Kahl, who returned from a trip to Kiev, said that for now Pentagon not ready to hand over Ukraine Abrams tanks. “It’s a very complex piece of equipment. Dear. Difficult to master during training – he emphasized.
On Tuesday, during a visit to Ukraine, Kahl said that United States they recognize the need for Ukraine, which wants to have weapons capable of striking the enemy behind the front lines, and should think about how to help it do so.
When asked about the possibility of transferring Abrams tanks to Ukraine, he replied that “it is not clear if this is the best answer to this challenge. Therefore, we will continue to consider what heavy vehicles, including tanks, can be meaningfully transferred to Ukraine, so that it gets the right number of them on time.” and to ensure their support.
The US will announce another tranche of military aid
According to “Politco”, the US is preparing to announce a new aid package on Friday, when the Contact Group for the Defense of Ukraine will meet at the US military base Ramstein in Germany. Two sources told Politico that the package could include several eight-wheeled Stryker armored combat vehicles, as well as ground-launched precision “small diameter bombs” manufactured by Boeing.
However, it is unlikely that Abrams tanks will be included in the package, as well as ATACMS long-range tactical missile systems that could even “reach Moscow”.
According to one of the interlocutors of “Politico” reluctance of the administration of the US president Joe Biden to transfer Abrams to Ukraine is due to the logistical and maintenance challenges of these tanks, not the fear that their transfer could escalate the conflict.
Earlier on Wednesday, US Deputy Defense Minister for Political Affairs Colin Kahl said that the US is trying to change the dynamics of the conflict in favor of Kiev by providing new “military capabilities”, but for now the Pentagon is not ready to give Ukraine Abrams tanks.
As “Politico” emphasizes, Friday’s meeting in Rammstein promises to be one of the most important, because the discussion will take place around Ukraine’s preparations for the next difficult months of hostilities.
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